New Delhi, December 13: In the first-ever conviction of an Indian Mujahideen terrorist, an NIA court on Tuesday convicted 5 IM terrorists including Yasin Bhatkal in Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar 2013 blasts case.
The twin blasts that occurred on February 21, 2013, took toll on 18 lives and 131 were injured. The case was investigated by the NIA, which concluded that the blasts were engineered by Indian Mujahideen operatives.
Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akthar were arrested from an area in Bihar close to the Nepal border, six months after the blasts. Three other accused were arrested subsequently, and all the five terrorists were moved to the Cherlapally Central Prison on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The main accused and key conspirator, Riyaz Bhatkal, is still absconding.
The trial against the accused has been going on in a special for the last one year and the NIA has filed two charge sheets against the five accused.
The investigative agency has produced 158 witnesses, seized 201 pieces of material evidence and furnished over 500 documents in court. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on December 19.